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Peggy Fletcher Stack
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Choose the left? ‘President’ Romney would attend a Democratic Mormon ward

If Mitt Romney should ever take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., he and his wife, Ann, would immediately be assigned to attend the LDS Third Ward.

Mormons are divided into congregations of about 200 or more members based on their addresses, and the Third Ward is the one nearest the White House.

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Funny thing is most members of that ward are Democrats, according to a story by Michelle Boorstein in The Washington Post.

It’s unusual in other ways, too, Boorstein writes. "Up to half of the congregation is nonwhite, including a large, Spanish-speaking population and converts from French-speaking Africa. The ward includes openly gay leaders, not typical for a socially conservative faith. There are also many converts and missionaries."

These Mormons, however, wouldn’t let their politics get in the way of welcoming a President Romney.

"I think it would be great for Romney if he was president to come to the ward every Sunday and be reminded there are a lot of real good, hardworking people who still depend on the government for some help," Corban Tillman-Dick told The Post. "I hope it would influence his policy."

And, given that Mormon churches are staffed by volunteers, maybe a President Romney could take his turn as the ward mission leader. After all, he would be meeting lots of people from other faiths.

Peggy Fletcher Stack

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